Category Archives: Uptown / Lower Queen Anne

Queen Anne Real Estate Report – Half of Year

We are halfway through the year and the real estate market is still in an all-time frenzy. There still isn’t much relief for buyers in the Seattle area, with low inventory and prices still climbing high. There were 164 single-family homes sold in Queen Anne between January & June, which is 18 more than we saw this time last year. The median sales price took a small jump from $986,000 (2016) to $989,950 (2017). The lowest price for a home has seen an increase from $182,000 (2016) to $379,000 (2017). There are currently 33 listings active and 48 pending.

Condominium sales in Queen Anne showed some strength these last 6 months. The median cost has gone up from $390,000 (2016) to $475,000 (2017). The average list price has also seen a small jump from $436,804 (2016) to $502,376 (2017). There are currently 21 active and 40 condos pending, one of which listed by Ewing and Clark for $3,985,000.

Take a Peek at the Zella Apartments, Breaking Ground in Lower Queen Anne

By Sarah Anne Lloyd

Another new building is cropping up in lower Queen Anne, breaking ground in July. To match some visuals with yet another construction zone, Pastakia and Associates shared some renderings and details of the apartments-to-be.

The seven-story apartment building will sprout up at Second Avenue West and West Republican Street—currently the site of the 203 West Republican Street Apartments, which is a three-story apartment building, and a surface parking lot behind it.

When finished, the will have 128 one- and two-bedroom apartments and 38 live/work spaces, with 52 parking stalls and 33 bike parking spots.

The exterior will be composed of brick, metal panels, fiber cement panels, and cedar siding.

The project is taking advantage of both the Multifamily Tax Exemption Program and participating in new mandatory housing affordability, making about a quarter of the building’s units affordable to those making 60 to 80 percent area median income. (Exact numbers depend on family and unit size.)

Pastakia and Associates hope to achieve U.S. Green Building Council LEED for Homes certification for the project—but regardless, it has some sustainability-minded features, including LED fixtures and electric resistance heat. The landscaping focuses on native and drought-resistant ornamental plants for low water use. A green roof will also feature a solar panel array to help reduce the building’s overall power consumption.

The amenities package is about normal for new construction: A common gathering space in the lobby will have an electric fireplace. The rooftop will have a common deck with a fire pit and a dog run.

The whole project adds up to 114,000 square feet and is slated to be finished by fall 2019.

Syndicated from Curbed Seattle.

A CrossFit Coach’s Guide To Keeping Kids off the Couch

Some people only think of bulging muscles and perfected deadlifts when they think of CrossFit. Others think of burpees, wind sprints, and other hardcore workouts few can keep up with. What do CrossFit coaches know about kids you may ask? While you will see top-notch deadlifts and plenty of fit people at Northwest Crossfit gyms, their philosophy applies to more people than you may think. When it comes to fitness, our goal is to cater to those who want to live an active lifestyle and learn about functional fitness. While most of our programs cater to adults, we also offer programs for kids between 8 and 14. If you’re hoping to keep your kid more active this summer, here are a few strategies we find deliver great results.

How:

You can sign kids up for activities, but getting them to actively participate, and most of all have a great time, can be a bigger challenge. A few strategies we use include:

Make It A Game

Musical chairs involves coordination and balance. Relay races get your heart rate up and make you stronger. When you make fitness a game, kids will often come off the court and not realize they’ve been running around for 30 minutes. From obstacle courses, to tag, and a lot more, fun games are a great tool to get your kids up and moving.

Tie It To Their Interests

If your kid likes soccer or basketball but is uninterested in exercise outside of practice, finding ways to encourage activity while playing to their interests is another strategy. If your kid is an active football player, running and speed drills can up their game. If your child is a swimmer, training on land can make them faster in the water.

Find a Role Model

From a young age, kids emulate those who they look up to. Having a positive influence can have a huge impact on kids loving sports. Whether that person is their coach, their sister, Mia Hamm or Michael Jordan, helping your child find a healthy role model who inspires your kid to want to be faster and stronger is a great way to keep them motivated.

Teach Them What it Feels Like To Achieve Their Goals

As a parent, you can sign your kid up for sports, drive them to practice, and cheer for them at games. The rest is up to them. Building a space where kids feel safe to try new things, challenge themselves, and work towards their goals is the best way to keep them interested in sports and healthy lifestyles in the long run. If kids build an understanding from a young age of what it means to work hard, push themselves, and understand how good it feels when they achieve their goals, that’s a surefire way to keep them coming back.

Why:

Kids spend nine months out of the year learning about reading, writing, math, and science. Summer is a chance for kids to get outside, explore, and learn outside of the classroom. A few benefits of getting your kid up and active include:

Creating Healthy Habits

A kid’s early years can have a big impact on the rest of their lives. Studies show kids who are active from a young age are more open to new things, are more motivated to set goals, and continue to be active throughout their lives. When you start instilling these ideas in kids from a young age, they can start to understand fitness as a way of life.   

Building Strength and Confidence

When kids learn how to work towards their goals, they become stronger and more confident. Fitness is a great tool for empowering children, cultivating their skills, and helping them discover how strong they can be.

Teaching Them Grit

When your kid lives an active lifestyle, it increases physical and mental strength. In our sports camps for kids, we talk about grit and determination. We talk about winning and losing, and how to do both with integrity. We tell kids stories about what it means to to push themselves, work harder, and keep their heads up even when it’s hard. Then, we put those ideas into action by helping children find the strength to achieve their goals. Sports teach kids about setting goals, breaking boundaries, setting expectations and exceeding them. Those skills will serve them well for life.

Featured source http://www.nwcrossfit.com/

FREE Summer Fitness

Photo: Seattle Art Museum

Want to catch some rays while getting budget-wise exercise? There are many group classes, led by professional instructors, offered for FREE this summer. Below are many nearby locations to strengthen your muscles and expand your skills. Enjoy!

SEATTLE CENTER, 301 Mercer St., Seattle 98109
June 20th-August 23rd
Zumba Class:
Tuesdays, 6-7 pm (except July 4th), Next50 Plaza
Meditation and Relaxation Class:
Tuesdays, 7-8 pm (except July 4th), Armory Rm. 301
Gentle Yoga:
Wednesdays, 11:30 am-12:30 pm, Exhibition Hall Lawn
http://www.seattlecenter.com/fitness

OLYMPIC SCULPTURE PARK, 2901 Western Ave., Seattle  98121
On Saturdays from
July 15th through August 26th, enjoy public tours of the park, art making, musical performances, and family activities.  In addition, partake of these free fitness classes on the green:
Vinyasa Flow Yoga (all levels): 9-10 am
Hatha Yoga (all levels): 10:30-11:30 am (July 29th is “Family Field Day” from 11 am-3 pm, which includes family yoga)
Zumba: 2-3 pm
http://summer.site.seattleartmuseum.org/category/saturdays

ST. MARK’S CATHEDRAL, 10th Ave. E., Seattle 98102
Cathedral Yoga
Ongoing on Sundays, 6-7 pm (this one possibly indoors–ask)
http://www.saintmarks.org/grow/adult-groups/yoga

PARKS
CASCADE PLAYGROUND, 333 Pontius Ave. N., Seattle 98109
Yoga on the Lawn: June 10th- Sept. 30th, Saturdays at 12 noon
http://www.cascadeplayground.org

FREEWAY PARK, 700 Seneca St., Seattle 98101
Dancing ‘til Dusk: Variety of musical styles (see this pdf). 6 pm lesson, 7-9:30 dancing. Thursdays July 20th, 27, August 3rd, 10th, and 17th.
https://www.seattle.gov/parks/find/downtown-parks
Zumba: Mondays July 17, 24, 31, and August 7, 5:30-6:30 pm, West Plaza
Yoga: Wednesdays 12-1 pm July 19th and 26th, 5:30-6:30 pm August 2nd and 9th, Upper Plaza
http://freewayparkassociation.org/blog/our-events

WESTLAKE PARK, 401 Pine St., Seattle 98101
Dancing ‘til Dusk: Variety of musical styles (see this pdf). 6 pm lesson, 7-9:30 dancing. Tuesdays July 25th, August 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th.
https://www.seattle.gov/parks/find/downtown-parks
Tai Chi: June 24 – August 19, 8-9 am
Spin Cycle: last Wednesdays June 28, July 26,and August 30th, 3 sessions daily: 7 am, 12 noon, and 5:30 pm, with open cycling in-between
https://www.facebook.com/WestlakePark

OCCIDENTAL SQUARE, 117 S. Washington St., Seattle, 98104
CrossFit: every Friday morning in July at 6:30-7:30 am, and every Wednesday evening in August at 5:30-6:30 pm
Dancing ‘til Dusk: Variety of musical styles (see this pdf). 6 pm lesson, 7-9:30 dancing. Tuesdays July 11th and July 18th.
https://www.seattle.gov/parks/find/downtown-parks